2150 AD. The battle against the silicon-based Festums from outer space reaches a new phase. Fragments of the North Pole Mir were scattered throughout the world. Eventually, they began to act on their own as independent Mirs. Most hated humanity and attacked them, but some chose to coexist with mankind. Some with the same way of thinking existed within the human race, as well: those who were both human and Festum. They added to the chaos of the battle and brought about even more hatred.
Made for mecha fans. Made for the old Fafner anime fans.
For newbies do watch the old prequels before watching this or you'll have a hard time Google-ing for details.
*the EXTENDED episode 1 is a must watch,further explanation makes everything in the first half more reasonable.
Basically it's about mecha fighting. The plot is a continuation of last season(the old sequel and the movie) , sacrifice and peace.
In the new season more people of the D Island have joined the pilot squad. They become stronger and gain new abilities to make them stand against the now-stronger silicon-liked monsters: Festum.
The duo are back on their Fafners to
join the fight. And the old squad.
The main point of the plot is still the interaction with the outside world-the remnants of humanity. And all the tragedies happen during the interaction.
Just good-ol Fafner, if that's all you ask.
The start-up of the show is kind of slow. Too much introduction is spent on the new guys. But the new guys are bland, compare to the still awesome and kicking-ass old squad.
Little reference is made towards the prequels. Which is kind of good as it won't further stretch the thin and boring first half.
But the magnificent ending of the first half overturns everything. The awesomeness of Kazuki and Soushi/Mark Sein and Mark Nicht overwhelmingly saves the series.
The new Fafners are quite interesting on their own too. But what's more interesting is the price the new crew need to pay to pilot their uber-powerful Fafners to protect their Island.
Honestly the graphics looks dated. When compare to the old prequel, the HD-remake-feeling is real, but below than average when compare to the new series. The character design is kind of ugly when something in Aldnoah.Zero comes into mind.
The Fafners are still rocking well, it's just feeling old.
Guess that what you will get when try to continue something from ten years ago, or budget?
The soundtracks are awesome. Angela give their best again.
Is it better than the epic Shangri-La and Separation? Never.
Exist,the OP is typical Angela scream-Rock-and roll. Works everytime when the main guys are in action to kick some silicon arses. Just pure aweesomeness.
The ED is average. Sad and emotional.
Exodus is meant for fans of the original prequels.
I see no point in making a sequel after so long but Xebec made it. And it's brilliant when Kazuki uses Mark Sein again. So kudos to them.
And I don't think one should watch this before watching the old season 1 and Heaven and Earth movie. It's pointless as Exodus doesn't spend much time to explain the terminology and stuffs. Have fun Google-ing if you want to.
Anyway it is an enjoyful season. Hope for more awesomeness on the second part of Exodus.
A few centuries into the future, the world has been swallowed up by suffocating despair and hatred. Hmankind is very nearly extinct and everywhere is a battlefield - all but one island, a tiny bubble of hope giving it their all to protect the culture of peace - a peace of which everyone has long since forgotten.
Here we pick up with our protagonists of the original series, Kazuki, Minashiro and the rest of their generation are now a few years older and we get introduced to the next generation of pilots - these new characters pale in comparison, but are still pretty good.
Narrated in a past tense by Minashiro's intelligent and honest voice, you'll get the ominous sense of rising dread. "Something bad is gonna happen and humankind will be dragged kicking and screaming to their doom." Was a thought which never floated far from the surface all throughout and more so into the next series.
Regardless for its mediocre art style, the sound track was ever more magnificent. Whenever I felt like pulling the plug and never coming back, the music continued to draw me in - it was the intro which made me wade through the original Fafner in the first place.
In many ways, I believe this is better than the prequels, however, you'll need to watch them in order to make any sense. It still suffers from the unexplained, but once you've got the hang of it, it's an enjoyable, comprehensible, emotional experience.
The characters are great. The music is great. The art isn't dislikable. The story is pretty good and it manages to maintain the same foreboding nature all throughout.
If you've got enough time, patience, an appreciation of the abstract and a somewhat sadistic nature which doesn't mind seeing your favourite characters dragged through a painfully slow hellish experience, I recommend it.